Cyrtomium fortune Clivicola (or commonly called Fortune’s cyrtomium) is a Holly Fern that grows in deep shade. From Japan and China this evergreen fern is border-line hardy and prefers moist soil. Growing at Bocombe next to one of Branham’s Olive Jars, it’s tucked away in a small plot in a deep ravine.
Tucked away among our thousands of trees is a Hermitage where Simon the Hermits lives. When approached he’s a friendly chap and will cheerfully show you round his Hermitage and adjacent Shell Grotto. Having lived in the valley at Bocombe, as he says “since before time began”, he’s very knowledgeable about the Mystery of St Bocombe, and the rest of the world!
Visit the gardens at Bocombe Mill Cottage to explore what many an Estate owner in the 18th century paid handsomely for – a live Hermit! Check Simon out here,